Perfect Teeth Won’t Guarantee a Perfect Life

Braces won’t suddenly give you more confidence, even if they give you a winning smile, Australian researchers say. They came to that conclusion after following nearly 500 young people in Australia from age 13 to 30. More than a third had braces between 1988 and 2006.

To gauge the effect of straight teeth on happiness, researchers looked at how people dealt with new or hard challenges or setbacks. They also looked at how much they cared about their health, how much support they received from family and friends, and their levels of optimism.

“There was a pattern of higher psychosocial scores in people who did not have orthodontic treatment, meaning people who hadn’t had braces fitted were significantly more optimistic than the ones that did have braces,” said Dr. Esma Dogramaci. She’s a lecturer in orthodontics at the University of Adelaide Dental School…….Read More